About this project
We've all walked into big box stores and walked out soon after to find out the depressing reality that the best headphones cost $100 or more. You're overwhelmed by a sea of sky high prices, celebrity endorsements, and geeky tech specs... when all you really want is the best product your money can buy.
If you love music as much as we do, you care about the sound quality in your headphones. You may have impulsively bought those expensive headphones touted to be "professional", or worse, you just end up with the same sad, throw-away, budget headphones you'll be replacing soon enough.
There's definitely something wrong with this picture, so we're here to change things up! We founded Forte because we believe that superior headphone audio quality should be more accessible to everyone. No one should have to settle for the poor sound quality offered by these low-budget headphones.
We are running this Kickstarter to raise funds to finish the production costs for our solution to your headphone-money blues, and we call it Forte Life!
Our prided HIF Technology is wrapped in a beautifully designed minimalist plastic housing, available in six vibrant colors (white, black, blue, green, red, yellow) that can be easily matched to your favorite all your outfits, music devices, or mobile phones.
We took a step further and designed a metallic housing that provides even crisper sound and better soundstage. Forte Life S is meticulously crafted in three luxurious colors (champagne, silver, gunpowder) to match your fashion style, favorite music device, or mobile phones!
- In-ear headphones
- Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 106dB
- Impedance: 16 Ohms
- In-line microphone and call button included
- Accessories: 3 sets of earbud S, M, L, and protective leather zipper case
What makes it possible for us to create superior audio quality headphones without a big price tag is the technology behind our products. Thanks to our R&D team’s ground breaking research in signal processing, we have unveiled our innovative proprietary Harmonic Interference-Free Technology.
So what is harmonic interference?
When sound waves are produced, they also come with what's referred to as harmonics - think of them as echo. This means that a low bass sound will also undesirably come back as noise at higher frequencies, interfering with other sounds that are supposed to be heard at higher frequency such as vocals or other instruments. This interference blurs the sounds of instruments and vocals, making them sound contaminated and unclear.
Headphones are passive parts that analogically respond to the signal coming from your active audio device. The biggest challenge for designing a good pair of headphones is how to process the active audio signal so that listeners can enjoy the most crisp and clear sound in its original form. Today, headphones manufacturers have attempted to engineer headphones that can reproduce high fidelity sound by adding new and advanced materials, finer quality wires, or even multiple drivers. These approaches have two problems.
- They come with a lot of added cost. and...
- Even with the high cost, harmonic interference still exists and soundtracks still don't sound as clear as they could be.
Instead of going down the same path, we decided to tackle the problem from the root. We focused on addressing this issue of unwanted noise in headphones generated by harmonics.
As a result of advanced signal processing research to improve audio quality and headphone performance, HIF Technology was born. HIF Technology utilizes solely fundamental physics principles and advanced mathematical calculations to reduce and better eliminate harmonic interference. By building our advanced calculations into the signal processing unit of our headphones, we are able to to provide some of the clearest and most uncontaminated headphone audio without adding hideous costs.
Sound quality is essential to fully experience music. But in today’s industry, a good pair of headphones usually come with a big price tag. In many cases, the price does not necessarily reflect the quality of sound you get, but rather the amount of money spent on marketing and advertising.
As a result, the prices of headphones have skyrocketed while audio quality hasn’t improved as drastically.
It’s time for a change.
Forte was founded to address this very problem. We want to bring the much needed change to the headphone industry, and elevate your expectations of what standard sound quality should be.
We believe music goes beyond all languages, boundaries, and cultures. It tears down the walls between different people and that same love for music has connected our hearts.
There is no reason why there should be such expensive price barriers to superior sound. Here at Forte, we are tearing down those walls!
We commit ourselves to design the product that gives you the best experience for music on the go, all at a reasonable, affordable price.
At the end of the day, YOU matter the most to us at Forte. If you don’t love the sound you are getting, everything else just doesn’t matter! That’s why we are reaching out to engineers, music producers, DJs, tech writers, and audiophile bloggers to get feedback to help us develop better products. We have been circulating a small volume of the early edition of Forte Impact, a bass-enhanced model also featuring our HIF Technology. Hear what people have to say:
“They’re a little gem for little money” - Geoffrey Morrison with Forbes.com
“It seems Forte has found a nice balance between high quality audio and affordable price tag for their headphones” - Gadgetsin.com
“I was blown away by Forte’s ability to stay on par with my over ear headphones using 50mm magnets to replicate bass” - Alan Nieves DJ/Producer
“These are absolutely fantastic, after using these for the last 3 hours, I can say this is how you set a new standard for earbud quality” - Solar Heavy (DJ/Producer)
We are very confident in our innovative HIF Technology and are very proud of our product. However we do have to recognize that we are competing with big name companies who have big budgets in marketing and advertising. This is where we need YOU. Help us get into mass production so we can deliver this amazing product to more people.
The $10,000 funding from Kickstarter will be used for our first round of inventory and manufacturing costs. If we reach our goal, the extra amount will be put into future product development and manufacturing so we can continue our next goal to deliver high quality headphones with fine-tuned genre-specific sound profiles to you at an affordable price.
Please help us spread the word to your friends, family, loved ones, colleagues, and everyone you see. We are starting a revolution in the headphone industry, and we need YOU to succeed!
Risks and challenges
1. Design of the Product
Our final prototypes for Forte Life and Forte Life S are both completed and tested, and do not pose any problems we can foresee for now.
We have found a manufacturer and worked out the details to begin mass production.
One possible challenge is to ensure any and all manufacturing defects that may arise are addressed before our large production order is fulfilled. We will be working closely with our manufacturer to make sure any problem is addressed immediately, and we’ll keep you updated if anything comes up. We want Forte Life to be perfect when you receive it!
A survey will be sent out at the end of the campaign to collect everyone's color options!
Yes! For rewards that involve multiple Life or Life S headphones, you can specify any combination of colors on the end-of-campaign survey. For example, for the $110 reward, you can choose to have 2 Silvers + 1 Gunpowder, or 3 Golds, etc.
You can simply add up the different pledge amounts for all the items that you want (and add the shipping fee on top of the total for international shipping).
2 Life: $30 * 2 = $60 (or + $20 = $80 for international)
3 Life S + 1 Life: $110 (combo) + $30 = $140 (or + $20 = $160 for international)
If you have any questions regarding different combinations and pledge amounts that are not mentioned in one of the rewards, feel free to send us a message and we'll help you sort it out!
The cords are about 4 feet long (or 122 cm).
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